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Council supports Metro Train project
07 February 2013
Yarra Council has voted unanimously to write to the Victorian Premier supporting the proposed $5 billion Melbourne Metro Train project.
Yarra Mayor, Cr Jackie Fristacky, said that Council was urging the Government to fund the project in its next State Budget ahead of the mooted East-West tunnel project which would require almost $15 billion to build – three times as much as Melbourne Metro and over 10 times more than Doncaster Rail.
“Yarra Council supports public transport solutions ahead of more roads and freeways given the superiority of public transport in terms of economics, congestion, equity of travel and the environment,” Cr Fristacky said.
“Melbourne Metro will not only help free up our existing rail network, it will enable more train services and encourage more people out of cars, off local roads and onto public transport.”
Melbourne Metro is a proposed new nine-kilometre, twin rail tunnel between South Kensington and South Yarra which includes five new underground stations to be located at North Melbourne, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and Domain.
The tunnel will untangle the inner core of Melbourne’s rail network and provide more train services to key growth corridors.
It will also improve public transport access to the commercial, and education precincts in Parkville and along St Kilda Road.
The project, requiring state and federal funding, has been included in the State Government’s submissions to Infrastructure Australia as one of six important infrastructure projects for Victoria but has not yet been allocated any construction funds by the State Government.
Cr Fristacky said with Melbourne’s population expected to reach five million by 2025, the demand for public transport services will only continue to escalate.
She said that while Melbourne Metro would not be through Yarra, the project is critical to easing congestion in the whole inner city because it would accommodate more than 24,000 extra passengers an hour (up from the current 55,000 passengers to 89,000 an hour).
“This will have the knock-on effect of easing congestion on the overloaded train network,” she said.
Cr Fristacky said the Melbourne Metro project would also potentially be a connection for a Doncaster Rail Line to take services through Parkville to the CBD without travelling through the underground loop.
“The Metro Train tunnel could also potentially contribute to a reduced demand for more roads and freeways such as the East-West tunnel by removing cars from the roads.”
Yarra Council strongly supports a Doncaster rail line to ease traffic congestion emanating from the eastern suburbs. While Doncaster Rail may be able to be built with an initial connection into Victoria Park, and Clifton Hill line, the most effective link for a Doncaster line is to the CBD through the proposed Metro Carlton Parkville rail station.
A future rail link from Victoria Park to Parkville (on the Melbourne Metro line) would provide an efficient rail connection from the Doncaster corridor to the university and hospital precincts, and then to the CBD.”
Further information is available in the report to Council and on the Public Transport Victoria website.
Coordinator Communications & Public Relations
Yarra City Council
PO Box 168 Richmond 3121
0417 989 338
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